Arsenal are willing to offload Hector Bellerin in an attempt to balance the budget, with Paris Saint-Germain tipped as a potential destination.
According to The Times, Paris Saint-Germain have been handed the opportunity to sign Hector Bellerin. The Arsenal defender doesn’t have any future at Emirates apparently, with the Gunners keen on trimming the squad in an attempt to balance their financial structure.
PSG are reportedly in the hunt for a right-back as they look to rebuild their team following a disappointing defeat to Bayern Munich in the final of the UEFA Champions League. Arsenal, it seems, are looking to use the opportunity to offload one of their most experienced and popular members of the current squad.
While the club’s desire to sell Bellerin might come as a shock, it rather makes sense given the financial damage inflicted by the Coronavirus. In addition, the Gunners do have the necessary back-up at right-back, having signed Cedric Soares from Southampton on a permanent deal.
Even Ainsley Maitland-Niles could end up staying at Emirates, should Bellerin leave the club. The Englishman, who has been linked with a shock move to Tottenham, did show promising sign during the final phase of the campaign. His contributions were, in fact, critical in helping Arsenal win the FA Cup.
But more importantly, Arsenal are hopeful of signing Gabriel Magalhaes within the coming days. The Brazilian defender has been hugely linked with a move to Emirates and his impending arrival could force the club to make some financial adjustments. That is where the sale of Bellerin could work wonders.
The Spaniard, on the flip side, could be a tailor-made replacement for Thomas Meunier at PSG. The Belgian international joined Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer this summer, thus creating a void in the right-back unit.
Bellerin, in that regard, might not be a bad addition to the squad. His pace, athleticism and offensive prowess could complement Thomas Tuchel’s Juego de posicion style, where providing width into the attack often becomes critical. However, the Arsenal man does need to work on his positioning.
As for Arsenal, it remains unclear as to how much they could demand, for the services of Bellerin. The 25-year-old does have three years remaining on his current contract so it is reasonable to expect a fee in excess of €30 million.